Let’s be honest, the Impreza WRX STI gives you that little bit of hope that one day you’ll be able to join Travis Pastrana on his team or that you’ll be a stunt driver in a Fast & Furious movie. Join host Jessi Lang as she gives you the rundown on the rally-inspired 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI and see if it lives up to the hype.
For 2011, the Impreza WRX STI has updated styling including offerings as both a 4-door and 5-door vehicle, but keeps the same hood scoop and engine from the 2010 model year. The 2.5 L turbocharged 4-cylinder Boxer® engine produces 305 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. You have three driving modes with this engine: Intelligent, Sport, and if Sport wasn’t peppy enough — Sport Sharp. The only downside of the ’11 WRX STI is the monochromatic guage cluster, but it is definitely not a deal breaker. The fuel economy at 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway isn’t impressive but with a turbocharged engine, you already know what you’re getting in to there.
Our 5-door tester came in at $38,720 with goodies, but the base price starts at $33,995. The WRX STI comes with some great standard features like the Brembo® breaking system, remote keyless entry, automatic climate control, Bluetooth®, and an usb port for your iPod®. However, if you upgrade to the Premium or Limited trim levels, you can get even more creature comforts like navigation, Satellite radio, heated seats, a moonroof, and leather interior. If the WRX STI is a little too pricey to you, you may want to consider the slightly-less prestigious Impreza WRX that starts at $25,495 .